Spanning Canada and the United States, North America is home to a plethora of major industry players, including Exxon Mobil Corp, the world's second-largest publicly traded company after Royal Dutch Shell. The region's oil and natural gas industry is focused on developing oil sands, deepwater gulf prospects and increasingly profitable shale deposits stretching across the continent. One of the premier sweet spots for deepwater exploration, the Gulf of Mexico is the largest body of water indenting the U.S. continental coastline, and its subsea developments continue to spark both national and international interest.
Manufacturing engineers focus on turning raw materials into products in efficient and cost-effective ways through the design and development of various machines, equipment and processes. It requires applying engineering principles to select the best technologies and processes to manufacture products. These engineers may also oversee the running, management, maintenance and improvement of a manufacturing facility in many cases.